Leona Kay Elmer Darton, age 83 peacefully passed away in her home surrounded by family Monday, December 27, 2021.
She was born on February 3, 1938 in Payson, Utah to Rex Elmer and Wilma Haycock Elmer. She was the oldest of three children. She married John W. Bardin May 3, 1956. They had three children. They were later divorced. She met Larry at a church dance. She married her sweetheart Lawrence J. Darton on September 17, 1976 in the Salt Lake Temple. She was his special lady.
Kay grew up in Payson, Utah graduating from Payson High School. She worked in elementary schools as a school secretary and then worked for the Jordan School District in the student accounting department. She retired in 1998. After retirement she and Larry spent many years traveling extensively. They traveled Canada from coast to coast. They visited 49 out of 50 states. They also enjoyed a cruise down the west coast and through the Panama Canal. Many of their trips were made so Kay could complete some family history research.
She was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in the presidency of the Relief Society and many other callings. Kay and Larry fulfilled a mission serving at the Los Angeles Family History Center 1998 - 2000. She loved indexing and was one of the top indexers in her stake. She enjoyed crocheting hats and gloves and made blankets and would donate them to children’s charities.
Kay and Larry loved each other for 45 years. They were often seen holding hands. Kay was a loving and devoted mother to Kathalene Domgaard(Paul), Gregory J. Bardin(Jill), Cindy Mikesell(Steven). She also loved Larry’s kids as if they were her own. Steven F. Darton(Paula), Shyvonne M. Stutes(Rolin), Lawrence K. ”Larry Klin” Darton(Shauna), Kayleen Webb(Thaes III “Sandy”), Kristine Daley and Douglas W Darton(Blenda). She was loved and adored by her 32 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren. She was loved by her younger siblings Mae(Kendell) Ewell and George Rex(Shirlynn) Elmer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Kathy, her brother George, brother-in-law Kendell, her stepson Larry Klin, and son-in-law Rolin.
A viewing will be held on Monday, January 3, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and Tuesday, January 4, 2022 10:00- 10:45 am at the Riverton 3rd Ward 12998 South 1300 West, Riverton, Utah 84065. The funeral service will be held at the same location on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:00 am. Interment will be at the Riverton City Cemetery 1540 West 13200 South Riverton, Utah 84065
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a children’s charity or humanitarian cause.
We would like to express our gratitude for the CNS Home and Hospice team that helped care for Kay: Michelle, Pam, Jimmy, Sarah, Blanca and other wonderful nurses and techs.
For online condolences please visit www.broomheadfuneralhome.com.